MONTGOMERY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Barr-Reeve students got to see the importance of law enforcement first-hand, and show their appreciation during this years “Hero Day”.

Local law enforcement agencies came down to the school on Thursday to not only be thanked, but to get a tour of the school so that they’re comfortable with the layout in case there is an emergency.

“Those officers and those folks can get to know our personnel here at the school and we feel like having that relationship and constant communication is going to be vital if we ever do have an emergency situation,” Superintendent of Barr-Reeve Community School, Travis Madison, said.

He said a big part of today was also making sure that the students are equally as comfortable around officers and other officials.

“Our law enforcement and first responders do so much for us and it’s important for our kids to realize all the different things that they do and that they’re truly looking out for us and keeping us safe,” Madison said.

Director of emergency management for Daviess County, Scott Myers, said he believes “Hero Day” was mutually beneficial for the students, and first responders.

“It’s extremely helpful, this opportunity to see the new parts of the building because we never know when the emergency is going to occur, during school hours or after hours. But we may have to come into the building and they tell us a place to go and we’re not familiar with the hallways and the layout so this is very beneficial,” Myers said.

The students had the opportunity to take a look at different first responder vehicles and equipment.

Madison said some of the elementary students also handed out thank-you cards, and had them hanging up throughout the school.

He said this is something they try to do yearly, but it took a pause because of the pandemic.

“We started this three or four years ago but with the last couple years as we’ve dealt with COVID, we haven’t been able to do it exactly the way we want to,” Madison said.

Madison said the school hopes they will be able to carry this out annually from here on out.